Keywords

Blood flow, Capillaries

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to illustrate the nature of blood flow within capillaries by using familiar mathematical techniques. Because the circulatory system is so complex, the fluid dynamics of the system is prefaced by a discussion of the circulatory physiology in terms of geometry and physics. The understanding of the basic structures and functions of the circulatory components necessarily precedes the justification of assumptions. Several mathematical models which attempt to describe the fluid dynamics of blood flow phenomena are presented and discussed. The results of these models are correlated with existing experimental data in order to determine which mathematical models best predict the fluid dynamic behavior within the capillaries. The significance of this behavior is then noted with respect to diffusion within capillaries. It is noted that bolus flow offers the greatest rate of exchange of the models discussed. Conclusions are discussed and related to further applications and research.

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Graduation Date

1972

Advisor

Evans, Ronald D.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Format

PDF

Pages

vi, 38 pages

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0012143

Subjects

Blood flow, Capillaries

Collection (Linked data)

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Included in

Engineering Commons

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